If 1,250 people donate $20 each, we will meet our goal.
The world is enduring a medical situation not seen since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920. All of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation in one way or another. The American Classic Arcade Museum (ACAM), the first 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation & play of classic arcade games, is no exception.
We have worked hard since our founding in 1998 to keep admission to our facility free. While our games do require token purchases for play, the amount of money going into our games does not even come close to covering the costs of operating our antique games or operating our education program.
Our main source of funding is a bingo game we host every Tuesday evening. Due to the COVID-19 conditions, we have not been able to operate that bingo game for the last month. The state of New Hampshire has issued a “Stay at Home” order until May 4, 2020. At a minimum, we are looking at nine weeks of lost fundraising, but we are seeing indications that the Government may extended that date out even further. ACAM needs your help.
Although we had a small cushion of funds set aside, they are quickly going away. Despite not being open, we still have many fixed expenses & other monthly costs to cover. With no way to operate our bingo games, we are looking for additional avenues of funding to help fill the gap. Crowdfunding is one area we have to take advantage of. If the “Stay at Home” order continues, ACAM will need to generate funds in new areas to cover those costs for the foreseeable future.
Our crowdfunding goal is $25,000. In no way is this an impossible or unreasonable goal. ACAM has thousands of followers across several social media platforms who love what we do. In turn, those followers have hundreds of friends who are involved in video games in many different forms. If 1,250 people donated $20 each, we would meet our goal. If we exceed the goal, that would be amazing.
If you have visited us before, have seen us on TV/films, read about us in various books/magazines or hope to visit someday, please take the time to help us. We greatly appreciate your support and hope that the museum will be back to being the best place to play and learn about classic arcade games. We love seeing our facility filled with happy people.